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Lunch couldn't be any more awkward. Even with Emmett trying to crack jokes, Jasper can feel Rosalie's anger still quivering under her skin, and her eyes burning holes in the side of his head.
To ignore her, he's locked Edward in conversation about some baseball game they were anticipating that night, and betting on which team would win. [b "Yankees, without a doubt,"] Jasper insists.
Edward gives a shake of his head. [i "Tigers are on a streak right now. Unstoppable."]
The conversation dies out when Jasper feels Edward lose interest, curiosity filling him as he keeps glancing to the door for Bella, who was growing more late by the second. [i "She probably got sucked in to that Alice Swan vortex, too,"] Rosalie snaps.
Catching the scent of both girls close by. However, Bella comes in after Alice. Feeling guilty that he couldn't hold to his promise of having her join the Cullens for lunch, Jasper hesitates only for a second before standing from his chair. Feeling his brothers and sisters watching him, he takes an unneeded breath, and approaches Alice's table.
[b "Do you guys mind if I join you?"] He asks, fighting to keep his drawl under control. [b "I think my siblings have run out of interesting conversation."]
He can hear Edward snort, and Emmett's gruff of offense, and he fights back a smile.
When no one answers him, his courage wavers a little. [b "Never mind, I'm sure you guys were in the middle of some-"]
[i "No!"] Angela blurts. [i "We're sorry, we're just a little shocked. You tend to keep to yourself. Of course you can join."]
Jasper's smile breaks through and he takes a seat between Alice and Jessica, who he notices is blatantly staring at him. [b "Sorry if I've come across as self-centered or anything like that. I'm just shy, I promise,"] he tries to charm them.
[b "Alice can vouch for that. We're lab partners. She probably thought I was a mute for the first few days of class."]
The entire day had passed rather slowly and throughout it Alice had to admit to herself she was feeling more and more disappointed. She hadn't seen Jasper at all that day, though had captured glances of his siblings walking the halls... and been the victim of a full-on death glare, no mistakes about it, from Rosalie and the pixie-like girl had flinched in response.
Anyways, back to the topic of Jasper. Why exactly was she disappointed that she hadn't caught any view of him that day? Because she had thought he was serious about wanting to apparently escort her about school from now on, but the fact she hadn't seen the blonde boy at all that day made her wonder if he had been joking, and the fact she was disappointed in that possibly having been a joke made the swan girl wanna blush in embarrassment for feeling so let down if it had indeed been a jest. No matter how kind he seemed the blonde still was a teenaged boy. Boys made jokes in the guise of a 'true promise/desire,' and Alice was starting to feel stupid for having believed it by the time for lunch came about the day.
Alice had forgotten something in her History class, had gone back to get it, and while finally heading towards the cafeteria through seemingly empty halls she was suddenly grabbed and slammed against the wall by an older boy who was a good nine inches taller than her.
The boy was one of Ronny Knox's friends, and he had her pined to the side of the hall. A threatening look in his face and tone of voice as he started to try and 'convince' her to drop the charges again the bastard who had assaulted her that past weekend, but just when Alice was considering calling for help someone appeared to play hero.... and that hero was Bella Cullen. With one look the girl who was roughly just four inches taller than the Swan girl had scared off the boy to head towards the gym for football practice like he should have bee already,since he was a part of the team, and Alice would have laughed at how fast the boy scurried away if she hadn't been too busy trying to calm herself down by bending over and covering her face in her hands.
[#006bd6 "...You alright, Alice?"] Bella would asked softly after a moment whilst placing a hand upon the smaller girl's shoulder, and the girl in question hesitated a moment before slowly raising her head and nodding a little. [b "Yeah.... Y-Yeah, I'm fine. A bit tired of getting attack by men, and facing bad luck in general, but I'm fine none the less. Thank you, Bella."] Upon the thanks the Cullen girl couldn't help but raise her eyebrows in minor surprise. [#006bd6 "You remembered my name?"] Her tone sounded almost playful, so in response to it Alice grinned a little before just ever-so-slightly playfully responding, [b "How could I forget? You were one of my 'Knights in Shining Pick-Up Truck' just a couple day ago. Not easily forgotten."] When the taller girl, in response, simply let out a tinkling laugh that was like bells while smiling Alice couldn't help but feel a little warmed on the inside.
[i Nice to know at least on of Jazz's siblings like me.] That had been the tiny brunette's thought, but then she blinked once in surprise at herself. Jazz? Where the hell had that nickname come from and why did it suddenly appear in her mind? Also, how did she even feel significantly familiar enough with Jasper to even grant him a mental nickname?
The girl walked slowly towards the cafeteria, and on the way there Alice discovered why Bella hadn't already been to lunch with her siblings was because she had needed to run by the art classroom real quick for something, since the teacher wouldn't actually be there that afternoon for class. Alice also discovered that Jasper was in school, but just laying low to keep his skin in tact since him and Rosalie had apparently had a fight that weekend. Briefly the tiny, chocolate-color eyed girl felt guilty for she had a feeling that the fight between the two apparent twins had somehow been her fault, but she also felt relieved that the reason Jasper hadn't sought her out was probably because he was trying to keep from facing his sisters wrath.
[center Alice couldn't blame him. His sister was damn scary.]
Once to the cafeteria Bella suggested that Alice go inside first and the Cullen girl would wait five minutes before going inside herself.
So, ultimately, that's just what happened; Alice entered into the cafeteria to through he almost deserted lunch line, only grabbing a lemonade since she understandably wasn't hungry after what had occurred nearly halfway across the school from the lunchroom, and it was three minutes after the Swan girl sat down at her usual table with Jessica, Angela, Eric, Tyler, Mike, and Lauren that Bella Cullen would enter into the cafeteria and almost seemingly glided across the room, due to the grace of her step, towards her usual table with her adoptive siblings.
[i "You stupid, pathetic...."] Rosalie sputters on her words. [i [b BOY!]"]
[b "Well spotted, Rosalie. You really are smarter than most blondes, aren't you?"] Jasper spews back, the Hale twins standing at opposite ends of the living room.
The rest of the family is perched on various pieces of furniture, watching the blowout with looks comprising of concern, frustration, and exhaustion. Even Esme had stopped trying to get between her fueding children, at Carlisle's request.
Rose screeches, crushing her phone beneath her fingers. [i "I've told you how much I hate this human, and you invite her to sit with us at lunch, without even consulting the rest of us? Way to think with your dick!"]
Esme visibly flinches, and scowls. [i "Watch your language!"] she scolds.
[i "Rose, it's not a big deal,"] Emmett stands to try and calm his wife.
She slaps him away and points an accusing finger. [i "Don't even think about taking his side!"]
[b "Wow, I'm glad that you're seeing what everyone wants. How could I have been so selfish?"] Jasper taunts.
Edward and Bella had already cemented their place on Team Jasper, but Emmett is torn between his brother, and his fiery wife. Carlisle and Esme have remained neutral.
[i "She's a human! Are you that sick and twisted that you want her around to torture yourself? You know that nothing can happen!"]
If Jasper could flush in embarrassment, he would be. [b "I like her company, Rosalie! Why is it such a bad thing for me to have a friend?"]
She snorts. [i "This isn't a friendship, Jasper. This is you having the hots for a human, that you can never have."]
He picks up the smallest flare of jealousy. Crooking an eyebrow, he looks at her. [b "Is this jealousy, Rose?"] He takes a step forward, ignoring Emmett's warning growl. [b "You can't stand the idea that a human can get to me, while I've never so much as batted an eye at you. Are you that vain, that you can't stand the thought of me being attracted to her, but not you?"]
Without missing a beat, Rosalie's hand makes contact with Jasper's face, hard enough for a small crack to appear on his jaw. Emmett is fuming, but Rose is eminating pure hatred, though Jasper feels a waver in her emotions. Is that guilt?
Without another word, his brother and sister leave for their room, while Jasper remains with his parents, and calmer siblings. [b "Was that too far?"] his voice is almost silent, but he knows they will hear him.
[i "I think she's more frightened of her brother getting himself in too deep with trouble. She doesn't want to see you hurt, Jasper."] Esme's voice is filled with disappointment, and one by one, the Cullens disperse, leaving Jasper to sink in to the couch.
By Monday morning, Rosalie has still not said a word to him. Jasper looks to her locker beside his, knowing that she wasn't about to get her books if he was waiting there.
[i Pssh, yeah right. No offense but I'll believe the fact that girl is apparently 'like that with everyone' once she starts looking at everyone, and not just me, with an expression seeming like she wants to rip throats out.] These had been Alice's thoughts in response to Jasper's words upon Rosalie, however her outward appearance remained neutral so he wouldn't be able to know what she truly thought since, well, in a physical response she had simply nodded her head once in a non-committing way so she wouldn't have to properly agree or disagree with his claim about his sister.
Within the hour, after some much needed pouting about how Jasper shouldn't make fun of her being short, and playfully added in a still pouting way it was everyone else in the world's fault for being so tall to make her so short.
They had talked a bit during the ride into Forks, he parked in front of her house, and then Alice had bid Jasper of the Cullen family a good night, with a kind and honest 'See ya Monday!' before heaving off into the house to deal with whatever response Charlie might give due to her physical and overall outward appearance.
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The rest of the weekend, which consisted of the last few hours of Friday night, all of Saturday, and all of Sunday, would pass by in somehow slow but still busy manner.
Once having gotten inside and Charlie saw the state she was in he was instantly in a mix of both his worried-father/angry police chief persona and Alice had explained what had happened despite having edited the facts slightly.
She told her father every last detail about what happened with Ronny Knox, but when asked how she got home she said it had only been Bella who found her at the side of the road, took her to get cleaned up since everyone else had supposedly been gone from the house at the time, and that was why the only shoes that she could loan her had been an extra pair one of her brothers always had lying around.
The rest, currently, was history. Ronny had been arrested that same night, his father had refused to pay bale, and the idiot actually admitted to what he did in a video-recorded confession. So to avoid trial, because the brown-eyed and short-haired brunette just didn't want to deal with it any further, Ronny actually pleaded a deal to serve four months in jail. He'd have to repeat his senior year, since he'd be missing the last months of school.
Angela had called Saturday morning at about nine, word having spread around town the idiot known as R.K. by his friends had been arrested though no one sad, and asked if Alice knew what happened. The Swan girl had told her the truth and within the hour Mike, Angela, Tyler, Jessica, and Eric had been on her doorstep and stayed until after dinner and once he got home, honestly, Charlie stated he was glad he had stayed late at the station so he wouldn't have to face the horror of a house full of teens.
Now it was the beginning of a new school week and it was with a sigh that Alice would slowly turn into the parking lot of Forks Highschool. The bruise on her face had changed from the red mark to a fresh, dark, and painful bruise just bellow her eye which was still an imprint of a Forks Football ring clear as day. The area had also gotten a lot more tender, and the poor pixie-like girl couldn't wait until it was expected to be fully gone from existence in two weeks at the earliest, three weeks at the latest.
[b "Time to get started with the day. ...Ugh, it's gonna feel like the first day all over again, isn't it? At least everyone probably knows so they likely won't ask questions...."] The Swan girl muttered this two herself thoughtfully once having parked her thundering old Ford and killed the engine, however it was with a sigh that she'd shrug her backpack over one shoulder, open the door, and hop down to the ground from the cab of her truck before slamming the door shut behind herself once upon her two feet.
Her comments make him smile. [b "Rosalie has never been all that social. She can be stubborn, and self-centered. She means well, though. Most of her hostility comes from all the rumors spread about the family. She's just trying to protect us. It's not really you, I promise."]
When she brings up the time, his eyes move to the clock. Sure enough, it was getting pretty late. Then she mentions her shoe dilemma. Suppressing a playful grin, Jasper moves to the hall. [b "I'm sure I can find a pair of slippers or something. Bella's always keeping this place stocked. She knows Emmett and Edward like to hike up here,"] he adds.
Unfortunately, it seems like the only footwear left in the house are a pair of Emmett's boots. Holding them up when he returns, there's no hiding the grin. [b "Maybe just slide your feet along the ground, instead of actually lifting them up."]
It's almost too funny to look at. Alice looks even more dwarfed in the size sixteen boots. Jasper walks behind her to make sure she doesn't fall, and holds the door while she gets in to the car. [b "I'm sure Charlie is going to be thrilled that I'm bringing you home in this state."]
She nodded her head and accepted the blonde male's words as truth; she believed that he would at least try. However thinking back to the sort of... sense she was getting off of him almost, and from the remembrance of his expression at the college males from weeks ago in Port Angeles, she believed that he trying to not do anything to Ronny Knox would no doubt be very hard.
When Jasper suggested what he did Alice blinked in surprise, eyebrows raising, and silently she contemplated his answer. [b "If Charlie doesn't have him thrown in a cell still on Monday we can go right ahead with that plan of action, and even if Charlie [u does] have/still have him in a cell then,"] The brunette paused a moment, deciding how to word her statement before continuing, [b "...Even if he does, I wouldn't mind ya sort of spending the school days with me, Jasper, provided you can withstand being around the other people I'm already friends with like Angela, Jess, Mike, etc. Feel free to invite your siblings along too, if they' want to sit with us. From the little bit I've seen about them at school I think all of them but your twin would enjoy it. Especially the way she apparently tried to 'burst me aflame' with her eyes all week."] Alice had stated honestly, though her last statement in concern of mentioning Rosalie solely was a bit more playful.
The Swan girl would glance around, eye landing upon a clock in the room before huffing a soft sigh, [b "Think you could drive me home now? Charlie's already gonna be livid once he finds out, and I doubt coming home at the curfew he set rather than before might make him even more so."] Alice requested softly, but suddenly she froze briefly as a though came to mind before she looked at Jasper and softly asked, [b "Um... what should I do about shoes? Mine are caked from the outside in with mud, and outside it's still freezing and filthy...."] Her voice trailed off, a meek smile, as well with the faintest of blushes, going to her face to match her tone of voice.
Jasper is immediately happy that he had not promised her to behave himself. This man deserves pain. Worse, he deserves death. How [i dare] he put his hands on her! His emotions must be clear on his face, because he catches her staring, and he drops his gaze.
A silence stretches between them, until he forces himself to speak. [b "Your father is a smart man. I'm immensely grateful that he had taken precaution with you. I can't promise that I'll be calm if I see this guy on the streets, or at school. All I can say is that I'll try."] [i Try not to kill him in front of everyone], he adds mentally.
[b "Alice, I think I need to make a point to this Knox guy. Would you give me your permission to sort of spend school days with you, between classes and at lunch? I want to give him a warning, that you have protection if he tries anything again. Even if he just wants to make you look weak. I'm your friend, and I won't let him get close to you again. I promise."]
It might be an excuse to get close to her again, but at least it has a purpose. He wants her to feel safe, and know that she has someone she can trust in this stupid town.
[b "Now Jasper, we've just agreed that our friendship is gonna continue so it won't do ya good to get arrested by my dad if you go and likely murder or maim some idiot."] Alice lightly scolded, she flashing him a smile of her own that was more playful than anything else before her expression sobered as she thought of how to best begin her tale.
[b "First, to state the obvious; you've been gone two weeks, Jasper. For this past entire school week a senior named Ronny Knox, the football captain or otherwise as the idiot who calls himself R.K., has been pestering me constantly for a date. He wouldn't take no for an answer. He must have asked me at least over a dozen times since Monday until I finally agreed yesterday to a date tonight to, honestly, just get him to shut up.] The pixie-like brunette sighed, snuggling a bit more comfortably into the corner of the couch she was curled up in before continuing, [b "Mike, Eric, and Tyler had offered to gather up a few of there friends if I really didn't want to go to get the guy to back off, but like I said I figure at least one date would placate him so he'd leave me be. That, obviously, wasn't the case."] At this point she closed her eyes briefly before laying her head upon the arm of the couch she sat on.
[b "There'd been a murder this past week, one of Charlie's friends was found mauled to death by something that had apparently been human in his fishing boat out on the water. Because of this, and being protective in general, Charlie sent me off with pepper spray tonight for my date. And I'm really thankful he did otherwise I would have gotten worse than this, and I know I don't have to say out loud what would have no doubt happened if I hadn't had that spray."] The Swan girl opened her chocolate-brown orbs, looking at Jasper once more and granted him a weak and dimmed version of her usual smile as she gestured lazily once towards the bruise on her face from where Ronny had not only hit her, but his her with the hand that held his football ring.
Jasper chuckles lightly. [b "I think the lunch arrangements can be made. I think Bella wants a new friend, anyways. She can only take so much of Rosalie."]
Her words hurt him. Is that the image that he'd given her of himself? That he was a hot-head? The thought made him frown. [b "I don't mean to give you that impression. My family and I...we've gotten a lot of unwanted attention from the people in Forks. Since we've got here, it's been like we're animals in a zoo to be spectated. I've just built up a lot of walls in order to have some kind of privacy,"] he explains.
Jasper is about to ask what her theory is, worry stirring in him, but he's distracted by her movements as she drinks the cocoa. It's almost taunting, and his eyes drift to her lips where the chocolately film is, until she wipes it away. He actually has to force himself to look away before he is caught staring.
He's grateful when she starts speaking again, giving him something else to think of. [b "I would like to know, but just be aware, I can't be held responsible for what I might do to the guy, if I find him,"] he answers with a wry smile.
[b "...Is that invitation to eat lunch with you and your siblings re-opened then? I know last time it was kinda vetoed by almost getting crushed by a van, but is it reopened?"] Her response had come after a long pause once Jasper had finished speaking, but once she finally had spoken herself a soft smile curled her lips before her expression sobered to a gentle look, [b "I understand, Jasper.... Well, no, I don't understand. I wish you'd tell me why, even though I think I may know why—as insane as the answer seems to me—I won't say cause it will probably make you mad. But, I'll understand if there's time I just can't be around you. You don't have to give me a reason for it. I'll just take your word."]
Huffing a soft sigh, she'd pick her cocoa mug back up and begin to sip away at the chocolatey beverage once more with a content little look to her face as she did. Upon pulling the cup away this time he had a thin line of chocolate forming a cocoa-mustache upon her upper lip and due to feeling the air hit the wet spot she'd lift her thumb, swipe away the chocolate, and popped her thumb tip into her mouth to suck away the flavoring now upon the naturally pale digit as a bit of playful thoughts danced through her mind, [i Maybe I can convince him to come over every day just to make me hot chocolate cause, wow, this is pretty damn delicious. Sorry mom, but you have been replaced as 'Top Cocoa Maker' on my list.]
Once that minor little task was done she popped her thumb back out of her mouth, wiping the saliva away on the back of her other hand before Alice would look to Cullen boy once more.
[b "Do you want to know how this, um,"] The Swan girl paused briefly, using one of her hands to gesture towards the ring-imprint bruise upon her face, [b "All happened? I can tell ya if you want. After all, you were my knight in shining armor once more. That, and I feel fine with telling you."] The brunette's tone was honest, and as she awaited some form of an answer from the blonde she'd sip the last of her hot chocolate out of existence.
Jasper shakes his head, his hair falling in to his eyes. "It's not what I've done that's the problem. It's what I haven't done."
His eyes are full of regret when he meets her eyes. "I was a jerk, and I shouldn't have given you that ultimatum. It wasn't fair of me, especially since you've been nothing but a caring friend to me. I just want you to believe that I truly on did it because I care about your well-being, and safety. Please, understand that."
Leaning forward in his seat slightly, Jasper rests his elbows on his knees, running a hand through his hair. "I could have prevented what happened tonight, if I hadn't have left," he murmurs quietly to himself.
"I won't tell you to stay away again, if you don't want to. In all honesty, I don't think I'd be able to in the first place," his voice becomes more audible as he looks to her again. "Alice, we can be friends. In fact, I'm sure my mother will thank you endlessly for having cracked the code to my anti-social behavior. But...you have to understand that there will be times when I just can't be around you. Please, don't take it personally."
Alice decided to make no verbal comment as the blonde boy defended his honor for his kitchen skills, however her small smile did grow a bit due to the humor she found in his words.
She instantly, though carefully, accepted the mug into her small hands before raising it towards her face and simply inhaling the chocolaty soothing aroma of the beverage a few moments. Upon hearing his question she instantly returned her attention from the cocoa back to him. "...I guess I'm feeling as alright as possible right now. I mean a bit shaken, yeah, but besides for some bruises here and there I still got my dignity." That had been her reply after a brief pause, the short brunette honestly not sure how to answer so she hoped that what she said had been understandable enough as to what she was currently feeling like. Of course she didn't know that the pale-skinned male with her could feel her emotions, but honestly her words matched pretty well with the emotions emitting from her.
She hadn't noticed him looking at the bruise upon her face or the anger flare within his eyes while staring at it, but when he spoke once calming himself down she nodded at all the info given before following after him into the lounge.
Once into the room she notes that there is a sofa and two arm chairs, and though the armchairs look comfortable she takes up one of the corners of the three-seat sofa since there is an end table she could rest her mug upon. The silence that follows the duo sitting seems tense, though not awkward, so Alice happily raises her cocoa towards her lips and once blowing briefly upon the warm beverage would take a slow, long, and content drink. In fact... she had only just pulled the mug away from her lips before she managed to hear the blonde Hale boy' barely audible apology.
The pixie-like brunette's attention instantly snapped over towards him, her chocolate brown eyes blinking owlishly a few times before a look of confusion would take over her features. Turning away only briefly enough to set her now half-filled cocoa mug down, she'd soon look back to him again before slowly and softly questioning, "...What are you sorry for? You haven't done anything to me."
Jasper had heard her, long before she actually spoke out. He smiles faintly, still working on her drink. "I'll have you know that while my skills are limited, hot chocolate is easy enough to master," he retorts, pouring the steamed milk in to a large mug.
Mixing in the cocoa powder, he finally turns to look at her. Alice appears so much more vulnerable in Bella's slightly larger clothes. Then again, she still looked far more desirable than Jasper is willing to let himself acknowledge. Breaking eye contact, he walks quietly over to her, holding out the mug. "How are you feeling?" he asks.
Just looking at the bruise ignites the flare of anger in him again. Realizing he's staring again, he shakes his head. "Uh...let's sit in the lounge. You can drink that and warm up. Once you're ready, I'll take you home. Carlisle and Esme always leave one of their cars here," he says, as an answer to why there will be a jet black Lexus sitting in the garage.
The room is quiet, as Jasper perches across from her in one of the cushy armchairs. "I'm sorry, Alice. I'm so sorry," his voice is quiet, and barely audible.
The shower she would take would be the longest she'd taken in a while. Thanks to her short hair bathing in any sense usually took perhaps fifteen to twenty minutes took nearer to half an hour. It may not seem that dramatically long to some, but it did to her.
Once she was finally clear of all mud she was thankful there were towels hanging on a rack for she hadn't checked before hand, and it would take a matter of perhaps five minutes after the water for the shower had stopped before she was completely dried and changed. Alice moved her dirtied by mud shoes and clothes to a corner of the bathroom for the time being, hung the jacket Jasper wrapped around her earlier upon a hook on the back of the door, and then she headed over to the full-length mirror that was also the the bathroom.
The shirt with Debussy on the front was a bit large on her, the sleeves going perhaps and inch past the ends of her fingers, but those rolled up easily enough. The sweatpants she wore had in fact been loose, though the drawstring tightened them up just fine, but the length of those where more dramatically long on her and even with them rolled up a bit the fabric still bunched around her ankles. Her eyes moving from the clothing, the Swan girl would look at her face and wince. Charlie is gonna flip.... I won't lie, though, I kind of want him to. A bruise was forming that was currently nasty and near-violent red coloring just bellow her eye, though she knew in just one to two days time it would take on darker coloring to blueish-purple.
Unfortunately, she had been right in her guess earlier; Ronny Knox had hit her with the hand holding his football ring for a pretty decently detailed impression of the ring was a good part of the fresh bruise.
Her right hip and arm felt rather sore as well since she had landed upon them when being shoved out of the car, so she assumed she had bruise forming there as well but at the moment felt no desire to check for sure. So, with a softly huffed sigh she'd pad barefoot over to the bathroom door, open it, and immediately have her senses assaulted by the delicious aroma of cocoa.
The smell caused the pixie-like bruette to pause a moment, but once the brief instinct to pause passed from her system she'd flick the bathroom light off ad began to follow the scent of chocolate towards what was likely the kitchen of the cabin. Peaking into the room just a bit hesitantly, she'd blink once at the sight of a kettle, a cocoa tin on the counter, and Jasper apparently being the one to use the objects.
"Well, you kept yourself busy. Considering the way you almost murder veggie sauce... should it be a miracle you didn't burn the cabin down by boiling water?" Alice's voice was playful as she asked this of him, the slightest of smiles curling her mouth as she finally stepped fully into the kitchen.
When she disappears down the hall, Jasper collapses in to a chair and runs his hands through his blonde locks. Desperately, he tries to get his anger under control, before he snapped unintentionally at Alice. She wasn't the reason for these feelings. He wants to physically hurt the man who had dared to touch her. He wants to make him scream, and beg for his life, just for even thinking of causing her pain.
"You are in far too deep, Jasper Hale," he rubs at his eyes.
He can hear her down the hall; every water droplet hitting the tub, and the swirl of the fan. Quickly, he forces his thoughts away from her being in the shower. That would just lead to lustful ideas that were sure to get him in trouble. He's already got the police chief's daughter in a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere; the last thing he needs is to make his feelings clear under these circumstances.
While he waits, he wanders in to the kitchen, where basic foods were kept, in the event to keep up appearances, though it was highly unlikely a human would ever enter the building. Not exactly an impossible thought, is it now? he thinks wrly to himself, grabbing a canister of hot chocolate from the cupboard while a kettle heats up on the stove.
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